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Obama's Trip and the Parameters for Peace

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Obama will not compromise the imperatives of Israel's security, but he also will not ease his efforts in aiding in the creation of a second State, a Palestinian one, for which we have waited 60 years.

Loving Israel by Hating Obama

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

It's become a fashion, here and abroad: Jews who are convinced that they love Israel more than the rest of us have told anyone who would listen that one way to express love of the Jewish state is to revile Barack Obama.

'Bill Clinton is Syrian' and Other Tales of Obama's Speech From Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Freddy Deknatel

Syrians will continue to ignore gestures of American reconciliation and Obama's optimistic oratory until an American ambassador is returned to Damascus and sanctions are lifted.

Israeli Sanctions On US Proposed By Likud Minister Yossi Peled

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In a sign of growing concern in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government over US President Barack Obama's Middle East policies, Minister-without...

The Settlements: Obama's Demands and Netanyahu's Options

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Obama must insist on stopping the expansion of the settlements as a prerequisite to instilling some confidence and integrity into the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

The Bible's Vindication of Obama's Middle East Strategy

Robert Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Wright

Obama wants to stop the growth of West Bank settlements, whereas (according to the settlers) God wants the people of Israel to populate all of the promised land; it says so in the Bible. I have a different take on what the Bible says.

What Would Obama Do If His Only Concern Was Israel?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

If Barack Obama suddenly abandoned his activist policies -- his call for a settlement freeze and the two-state solution -- would that make him a better friend of Israel? The answer is obvious.

Obama Coordinates Attack Against Israeli Settlements

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Taegan Goddard reports that President Obama has succeeded in coordinating pressure on Israel to stop building settlements. For once, lawmakers on Cap...

Jack Shaheen: Obama Delivers a Message of Peace to the Muslim World

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christian Avard

"Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People." His second book "Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11," was recently named the 2008 "For...

Let Women Wear the Hijab: The Emptiness of Obama's Cairo Speech

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Daou

I know many will gush over President Obama's Cairo speech and I'm likely swimming against the tide of the media and my fellow Democrats and progressives.

Israel: Bush Officials Agreed To Settlement Building | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JERUSALEM Senior Israeli officials expressed irritation on Wednesday that President Obama had declined to acknowledge what they called clear understa...

Exclusive Video: The Radical Settlers Behind Israel's Clash With Obama

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Max Blumenthal

With neither side exhibiting willingness to back down, the stage is set for a contentious clash between Israel and the U.S. over settlement policy.

President Obama Faces Growing Hill Pressure On Israel | BEN SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Barack Obama prepares to depart for his first trip to the Arab world, the administration's escalating pressure on Israel to freeze all gr...

Netanyahu On Obama, Clinton: "What The Hell Do They Want From Me?"

The Cable | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last night, shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told journalists that the Obama administration "wants to see a stop to settlements -...

Obama Takes Toughest Stance With Israel In A Generation

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Beginning in the weeks leading up to President Obama's meetings with Middle Eastern leaders, the administration laid the groundwork for its strong pos...

Wake Up, Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Do not allow this historic chance for peace to slip away because of complacency or lack of courage. If Israel is destined to bring light onto other nations, this is the moment.

If the Government Won't the People Will Part II: The Hand in Hand Schools

Amy York Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amy York Rubin

At the "Hand in Hand" school in the Beit Safafa neighborhood of Jerusalem everything is double, everything is done twice -- in Hebrew and Arabic.

Abbas To Press Obama On Israeli Settlement Issue

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday he would focus on Israel's refusal to stop the building of settlements when he holds talks with U.S...

Maoz Esther: Israel Evacuates West Bank Outpost In Gesture To Obama

Israel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In an apparent nod to diplomatic pressure exerted by the Obama administration, Israeli security forces evacuated the West Bank settlement outpost of M...

Netanyahu's West Bank Nightmare -- An Exclusive Video Report

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Max Blumenthal

After spending a week on the West Bank, I concluded that the recognition by the U.S. and the West of a viable Palestinian state in partnership with Israel has never seemed more like a pipe dream.

Netanyahu Clashed With Obama, Congress On Trip

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JERUSALEM — Media focus on the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, favored by President Barack Obama, is "childish and ...

Israeli Settlers Reject Obama Call To Halt Building

Reuters | Ori Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Jewish settler leaders on Tuesday shrugged off President Barack Obama's call for Israel to halt settlement building in the occu...

Obama's Mistaken Middle East Peace Strategy or No More Negotiations to Nowhere!

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

We should forget about positioning ourselves as a neutral convener of negotiations, and instead develop and popularize the details of what a fair and just solution would be.

"Leaving It up to the Parties" Doesn't Work

Peter A. Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter A. Joseph

Without the U.S. playing an active role, there is little reason to think the conflict can be resolved. Fortunately, President Obama is engaged.

Israel's HOPE for Peace: Barack Obama

Michal Lewin-Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michal Lewin-Epstein

Where Israel and the Palestinian Authority failed, the United States must succeed.